Harmony

A traveler once visited a small village in the countryside. At the local bar, someone asked him if he was married. ‘Divorced, actually. Never could find a woman I didn’t end up fighting with all the time.’

‘Then you should go talk to the old couple that lives on the hill outside the village, rumor has it that they have been married over 60 years and they never fought this whole time.’

‘What?? That’s impossible! Everyone has fights!’ Exclaimed the traveler. But the local swore to him it was the truth and nothing but.

The traveler just had to check it out, and in the morning he knocked on the door of the little house on the hill and was immediately welcomed by the husband, who invited him for tea. After the traveler explained why he came to see him, the man smiled and nodded.

‘It’s true, we never fight.’

‘PLEASE,’ Begged the traveler, ‘can you tell me your secret??’

‘Well,’ said the old man, ‘It all started about 60 years ago, right after the wedding. We were riding our mule back to town and walking it down the street when it tripped over a stone and my wife said to him “That’s one.”.

We kept riding and he tripped again on another stone, which made my wife immediately say: “That’s two.”

Two minutes later, the mule trips over a stone again. My wife said: “That’s three.” pulled out a gun I never knew she had and shot it in the head without thinking twice! I was shocked and yelled at her: “What the heck do you think you’re doing?? We needed that mule! Are you crazy???”

My wife looked me straight in the eye and said: “That’s one.”

And we haven’t had a fight since.’

Iran Executes Three Iranians Every Day; The West Rewards It.

On the UN’s Human Rights Day, observed December 10, an Iranian woman was sentenced to death by stoning in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran is believed to have imposed death by stoning on at least 150 people, according to the International Committees against Execution and Stoning.

“Stoning,” Iranian human rights activist Shabnam Assadollahi said, “is an act of torture. There are 15 countries in which stoning is either practiced and authorized by law or tolerated. One of those 15 countries is Iran. The last known execution by stoning was in 2009. In Iran under the Islamic law, stonings, hangings, and executions are legal torture.

“In Islam under Sharia law, the stoning #Rajm# is commonly used as a form of capital punishment, called Hudud,” Assadollahi explained.

“Under the Islamic Law, it is the ordained penalty in cases of adultery committed by a married man or married woman with others who are not her/his legal partner. Stoning is carried out by a crowd of Muslims who follow the Sharia law by throwing stones #small and large# at a convicted person until she or he is killed. The international community must pressure Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, and other countries where stoning is legally carried or tolerated. Why cannot the public loudly cry out and advocate for women oppressed by those regimes?”

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Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

The government’s counter-extremism drive continues today, after David Cameron announced that £20m to help Muslim women integrate into British society by teaching them English. The Prime Minister also suggested that he would back public authorities that ban the veil, so long as they put “proper and sensible” rules in place. Ministers are now pledging to outlaw gender segregation in public meetings, we report this morning, while Nicky Morgan will unveil plans to force schools to help stop teenagers travelling abroad to fight alongside jihadists like Isil.

The Education Secretary will launch a new website “Educate Against Hate”, designed to help parents and teachers identify potential victims of radicalisation, and announce plans to ensure that schools register with local authorities any pupils that stop attending lessons. These announcements, she will say, will serve to send a “clear message to extremists: our children are firmly out of your reach”. The venue for her speech – the Bethnal Green Academy in East London – is noteworthy as it came to public attention last year when four of its pupils fled to Syria to become “jihadi brides”.

Few could object to Morgan’s plans, whereas the Prime Minister sparked a sharp response from Labour with his plans to help teach Muslim women English. “His own record doesn’t suggest he is able to follow through on this promise,” wrote Labour’s John Ashworth, accusing the government of “cutting budgets for, English for Speakers of Other Languages courses.” However, as Laurence Dodds and I point out, the truth is more complicated. The government hasn’t cut funding for English lessons, as further education colleges decide how to make savings. But it has forced them to make such choices by squeezing the overall budget for adult education, with it sliding by 20% in recent years. The Prime Minister’s promised £20 million will help soften that blow, but many are wondering if he is trying to subtly reverse his budget tightening of the last few years.

The Prime Minister’s move to teach Muslim women English has been billed as part of the government’s counter-extremism strategy, but James Kirkup argues it has a wider purpose. “Some British Muslim women don’t speak English and even more don’t have jobs,” he writes in today’s paper. “It’s a scandal because it leaves those women poorer and sicker and denied the chance to compete and make the most of themselves…Helping them to speak English is a first step to setting them free to make themselves rich: it is a very Conservative dream.”

“We should never give those who peddle extremist ideologies’ entry in to our schools or colleges” Nicky Morgan

News
An EU Vote In June?

David Mundell has become the first Cabinet minister to publicly back staging the EU referendum in June and argued there were no drawbacks to holding it sooner rather than later. This comes as Philip Hammond said Britain was willing to look at alternatives to a four-year ban on access benefits as long as they help to reduce EU migration to the UK. Meanwhile David Cameron has been accused of ignoring his Cabinet over his EU renegotiation, the Sun reports, as his special sub-committee on Europe hasn’t been convened for months. The two Leave campaigns also continue to fight, with Vote Leave rejecting a merger offer with Leave.EU, citing their “racist and homophobic jokes” online.

Labour Infighting Continues
One of Britain’s biggest trade unions will oppose Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to have Trident nuclear submarines that do not carry missiles, The Telegraph understands. This comes as a new survey has shown just 18 per cent of voters trust Jeremy Corbyn – half the number who had faith in his predecessor Ed Miliband. Meanwhile, the pro-Corbyn grassroots supporter network Momentum is reportedly divided, with its founder Jon Lansman at odds with younger activists – according to the Times – over how close to be to the Labour Party.

The Polling Post-Mortem Reports…
The failure of opinion polls to predict the result of last year’s general election was due to unrepresentative polling samples, an inquiry has found. The inquiry also said it could not rule out the possibility of “herding” caused by pollsters designing their surveys and weighting responses in such a way that their results were closely in line with those of rival organisations.

MPs Tackle Trump
A “whazzock”, a “poltroon”, a “buffoon” – these were just some of the attacks on Donald Trump from MPs as they debated whether he should be banned from Britain. Immigration minister James Brokenshire said Trump must “live up to” promises he made about investment in the UK, as MPs rejected a petition to ban him. “I don’t want to write off this festival of irrelevance completely,” says Michael Deacon. “Perhaps it will teach us something valuable: namely, how worthless petitions to Parliament are.”

A Big Stretch For Trade
The Government’s ambition of doubling UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020 is a “big stretch”, Lord Maude admits. He said UK Trade and Investment, the Government’s trade arm, was “too insulated” from the rest of Government and must work more closely with other departments to promote UK Plc abroad. Various trade bodies and business groups have in the past warned the Government is in danger of missing the target set by George Osborne in 2012.

New IPSA Chair Sought
The new chair of the watchdog set up to oversee MPs’ pay and expenses will be paid over £70,000 a year for just two days work, it has emerged. It means the new executive will be paid almost the same as politicians for less than half of their working week. The job advert states the new chair of IPSA will receive £700 per day for an average two day working week. Applicants are advised they must deal with a “demanding” environment and expect lots of public scrutiny.

A Brake On FOI Vetos
Government ministers must be stripped of their power to veto freedom of information (FOI) requests, an MP will demand in the House of Commons on Tuesday. In a move that has gained cross-party support, Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake will brand Tory attempts to water down the laws a “threat to our democracy” and demand the change.

Allan’s Regrets Over Bullying Scandal
Lucy Allan, the MP embroiled in a bullying scandal after shouting at her assistant in an employment dispute, has admitted she was “stupid” and that she “regrets” making the call. The Conservative MP told her local newspaper that she wants to move on following the bullying allegations.

The Spotlight Falls On Nick
The man who made baseless accusations of child abuse against Field Marshal Lord Bramall should no longer be allowed to “hide in the shadows”, the war veteran’s son has said. Nicolas Bramall suggested it was time for the “spotlight” to fall on “Nick”, the alleged victim whose “unsubstantiated and uncorroborated information” put Lord Bramall through a nine-month ordeal before he was cleared of wrongdoing last week.

The Bane of Israel Advocacy

Beyond the Cusp

We have all heard that the European Union has caved to the pressures of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) lobbying groups who were originated by the Fatah Party which is the same as saying the PA (Palestinian Authority). They introduced the idea that Israel was an Apartheid nation because the Arabs under the semi-autonomous rule of the Palestinian Authority run by Mahmoud Abbas who has not run for election since assuming the top spot when Yasser Arafat died in 2004. Abbas did not run in the 2005 elections and cancelled the scheduled 2009 election claiming an emergency which would not permit elections and then claimed Israel had not allowed the Arabs under the Palestinian Authority to vote because they were Arabs. What was not reported is that they are ruled by Abbas and he has refused to hold elections because he knows he would be defeated. Israel has no…

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Muslims “Have Nothing Whatsoever to do with Terrorism”

As Muslim jihadis, mobs and regimes terrorized Christians and others throughout the world of Islam, in the West, institutions — from governments to grade schools — empowered and praised Islam, often at the expense of Christians.

U.S. President Barack Obama described the idea of giving preference to persecuted Christian refugees as “shameful” — even though helping persecuted refugees is what America has always been doing and much of what it is about. “That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion,” Obama admonished. Unfortunately for the president, statistics were soon released, indicating that “the current [refugee] system overwhelmingly favors Muslim refugees. Of the 2,184 Syrian refugees admitted to the United States so far, only 53 are Christians while 2,098 are Muslim.” So, although Christians are 10% of Syria’s population — and possibly the most persecuted group — only 2% of the refugees entering America are Christian.

Adding to the confusion, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush falsely claimed that Syrian President Bashar Assad “executes Christians.” In reality, not only have Christian minorities long been protected under the secular regime of Assad — himself a member of a religious minority — but many Christian refugees who fled the jihad in Iraq went to Assad’s Syria for sanctuary

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How Britain will prosper outside the EU

Many are struggling over whether an independent UK would be stronger and more influential, or isolated and sidelined. Indeed, it is probably one of the pieces of disinformation that characterises the cynical and negative Stay in campaign.

It is important once again to dismiss their myths. The UK’s power will not be diminished one jot by exit. We will still have the same economic strength, the same income, the same armed forces the day after as the day before.

We will, it is true, have more of our own money to spend, so that is a gain.We will not be less secure. Our defences will still rest on our own armed forces, our own vigilance, and our partnership with NATO. The UK will still be a leading member of NATO out of the EU. We will still have the same intelligence sharing arrangements with our allies, and be the continuing beneficiaries of the NATO guarantees to our security.

Far from having less influence over trade and commerce, the UK will regain her rightful place at the top trade and regulation tables of the world. Instead of being represented — or misrepresented — by an EU official, the UK will again have her own seats on these global bodies. That will give us more influence.

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